Updating the old iPad Pro painful

My old, and I say this tongue in cheek, 10.5 inch iPad Pro has sat in a draw since earlier this year when I upgraded to the 11 inch iPad Pro as I liked the new snap to body Apple Pencil 2. I have been meaning this whole time to prepare it for sale and procrastinated all the while.

Now, I have both the iPad Pro and iPhone X that I must sell as neither need sit in my drawers and gather dust when they might best be used by another. Tonight, I got the older iPad Pro out of its drawer to apply the very latest iPadOS 13.1 so its future owner would have the latest and greatest. That was the intent anyway.

After charging the iPad to full I told it to set to download the update, it refused. The iPad was not connecting to my network for some reason. After some wrangling I eventually settled upon testing its network settings under the General menu area. Thankfully, this got me going straight away and download of the update commenced.

Strangely enough doing this then had effect upon my new iPad Pro, I then needed to reset its network settings before I was allowed to download app updates, weird 😤 After the update was applied to my older iPad Pro I had the problem with it showing a menu item that I needed to apply settings and had to supply my iCloud password, I did this a few times before finally we got there. Well I assume I’m there, seems flakey. In any case it’s going to be reset to factory default so unimportant.

macOS Mail sub par

macOS Mail is long overdue some love, this app is frankly sub par as far as Mail apps go. Some time ago now I was forced to swap one of my accounts across from it to outlook for Mac as I was consistently having issues with Mail syncing incessantly. It would seem this issue has returned once more in the Catalina beta, tonight I was having to continuously drag files to folders and they would continuously restore as though I’d never moved them.

I’m honestly thinking I will have to move everything across to outlook, I just hope Microsoft doesn’t impose number of account restrictions in their app as I’ll be stuffed having five email accounts.

Such a pity Apple can’t seem to get their act together on this app, iOS is an entirely different story, here their app is better than Microsoft’s. Sigh 😔

iOS 13: Okay, but a few bugs

I awoke early this morning, way too early in fact, to install the latest release iOS operating system. Larger than I remember previous releases being at a touch over 2GB, its installation didn’t really take terribly long.

I have noticed Apple has gone to greater lengths in this release to explain how to use functions like the swipe keyboard, new app update changes etc that might otherwise have required your going to the web to discover them in the past. I must say I am loving the keyboard change, this has taken so long to come from the Android world to our own, though there was offerings in the form of third party keyboards several years ago. For me, it means no longer having to be super accurate with my key presses having larger fingers!

I have also found a negative with the latest release sadly, Bluetooth connectivity to my car requires an extra step at the moment, something I am hoping 13.1 will resolve shortly. I also experienced issues initially connecting to my Beats Powerbeats 3 headphones, though eventually got them to talk so I could walk to the shops at lunch.

You win some, you lose some. Now I look forward to see how my new phone functions, should have it shortly.

Upgrades day

Today iOS 13 has finally shipped, and finally we have a quick path keyboard native to iOS as Android users have had for so many years. It has been one of those features I have looked forward to most of all, having previously tried third party keyboards I got a taste of things years ago, but with the sense of potentially being observed.

On the weekend I decided to upgrade to the new iPhone 11 Pro, which looks to be arriving today. I am hoping to get the call to drop by the store to pick the phone up, hopefully during my lunch break. Sadly the case I ordered online hasn’t shipped, they eluded to having in stock but wasn’t, now I am forced to buy an alternate Apple case to ensure the new phone is protected.

Am looking forward to getting out there over the weekend and taking some photos.

Gutenberg blocks

I’m developing a client site for the first time using WordPress and Gutenberg blocks. On the one hand it is good that I haven’t needed to go out and purchase a premium theme, thus could keep the cost down for the client a little, but on the other hand it has also been a bit frustrating.

The Gutenberg interface is generally okay to work with, but it doesn’t always avail itself when you need it to, making it a more difficult way in which to develop a website. I have also been using a supporting blocks plugin to extend Gutenberg, this whilst good has too added to the frustration when working with background images, too few options here mean these images were often displaying poorly and I needed to delete.

I have hit a brick wall trying to interface with my clients events services sites, neither that she has been using works nicely with WordPress, thus I’ve emailed her tonight to convince her that Eventbrite might better suit. Fingers crossed it’s something she will consider; I feel like I’ve changed everything bar her business name since working with her.

Been a long day.

Resistance was futile

The 2019 iPhones were released last night and I vehemently said I was NOT going to upgrade. Well at least last night I didn’t make it so far as pre-ordering. I ALMOST did, but Telstra didn’t process the order. As you might tell, I have all the willpower of a squashed snail 😞

Telstra almost saved my from myself as I gave up at that point, as if to prove to myself I’d won out. Who was I kidding, just myself it would seem.

This morning, after a week at home having been sick, I was overjoyed at escaping these four walls, and headed to the shops a little giddy at the prospect, and ordered my cappuccino and some banana bread. STUPIDLY where I had said coffee and banana bread saw me sitting within eyeshot of Vodafone. The digital billboard kept displaying that beautiful new iPhone 11 Pro didn’t it, oh the pain, the pain of it all Lost In Space’s Dr Smith might say.

I hurriedly finished my coffee, though couldn’t quite finish my banana bread, the ills of the past week still lingering. Within minutes I was arranging the upgrade of my existing contract, with still 14 months to go (thankfully only handset repayments to payout, phew). Somehow, I will get the new iPhone 11 Pro 256GB in the new green colour at $9 per month less than I was paying for my old iPhone X, how is this possible? Not that I am complaining.

As when I upgraded in 2017, I have sourced myself the obligatory Urban Armour Gear case, this time an Ice-coloured Clear case. I’ve had their cases since the iPhone 6 as they’re such a great look and fit. Soon to sell both my old iPhone X and an old iPad Pro I have been a bit lazy in offloading.

Can’t wait for it to arrive, Monday week by looks!!

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